Top Choice Museum in Lake Pielinen


Between Vuonislahti and Vuonisjärvi, Paateri was the home and workshop of Eva Ryynänen (1915–2001), Finland’s most respected wood sculptor – as well as her greatest work, Paateri Wilderness Church (1991). Carved flo…
Island in Lake Pielinen


Lake Pielinen's largest island, Paalasmaa, is the highest in Finland at 225m above sea level. The best view is from the 18m-high wooden observation tower, 3km along a marked trail from the Paalasmaan Lomamajat campg…
Village in Nurmes

Bomba Village

The centrepiece of this recreated Karelian 'village' encompassing the Sokos Hotel Bomba is the imposing Bomba Talo, with its high roof and ornate wooden trim. It's a replica of a typical 19th-century Karelian family…
Museum in Lieksa

Pielisen Museo

More than 70 Karelian buildings and open-air exhibits at this outdoor museum are organised by century or trade (such as farming, milling and fire-fighting). A fascinating insight into the forestry industry includes …
Museum in Lieksa

Pielisen Museo Indoor Museum

The separate indoor museum of Pielisen Museo has photographs and exhibits covering Karelian folk history, which makes for an interesting look during the winter when the outdoor museum is closed.
Nature Centre in Koli National Park

Luontokeskus Ukko

By the upper car park of the Sokos Hotel Koli's, this modern nature centre has exhibitions on the history, flora, fauna and geology of the park, and information on hiking. Opening hours can vary.